Trying to allay concerns in India on recent steps taken by the US on the H1B visa, the government has today said that it was in touch with Donald Trump administration on the issue. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, new Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay today said that the Centre would countinue to engage with US authorities in this connection.
Speaking on the day that saw India clearing pointing out at the 34th session of the UNHRC, that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the the Country and Pakistan is using terrorism as instrument of state policy, the MEA spokesperson also said that it was upto Pakistan to fully investigate and bring to justice all perpetrators of 26/11 attack in which nearly 168 and at least 308 people were wounded in Mumbai.
Recently, US President Donald Trump passed an order to ban immigrants from 7 countries, 7 Muslim-dominated countries; Syria, Iran, Somalia, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Sudan for 90 days. And while it shouldn’t have been shocking considering the evident religious bigot that the Republican is, it still threw 12% of the world’s entire population under the bus. Trump gave the narrative of 9/11, while none of the countries the 19 terrorists involved in the hijack belonged to were seen on the list. Following the event, news reports went viral showing that Trump signed a new executive order to prevent work-visa programmes, which include the H1B and L1 visas, used by Indians IT officials working in the states.
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This appears to be another straw in the larger scheme of immigration reform efforts. The Silicon Valley, however, denounced the order of the Muslim ban and offered protection to the employees who form the spine of the IT industry of the USA. And while these companies can do so for a while, it must be remembered that this only the 2nd week and there are still 4 more years of the administration to go and hence, financial protection cannot be provided indefinitely.